Sailing Camp Registration
2015 Sailing Camp Registration
For ages 8-14
March 1 – Registration for SCMM members begins. Member fee is $180.
April 1 – Registration will open to all, first come, first served. Non-member fee is $200.
About the Camp
- Camp sessions are 1/2 days, Monday – Friday.
- Registration fee includes a US Sailing coursebook, a skills logbook and a camp T-shirt. Returning sailors who show up with their text book and red skills log book from last year’s camp will receive a $10 gift certificate for the Museum gift shop.
- Camp will be held at the SC Maritime Museum.
- Sailboats will put in at the City docks beside the museum.
- There will be 6-10 campers per session.
- Fred Hoelscher, a certified US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Sailing Instructor, will head up this year’s instructional team. The team includes experienced and lifelong sailors Dave Lowe, Mary McAlister and Lee Talbot.
- Our young sailor’s will learn to sail Optimist Prams, a sailboat designed specifically for kids under 16 years of age. The “Opti” is safe and simple enough for an 8-year old, and exciting and technically challenging enough for a 15-year old.
- Campers will learn and review the essentials of sailing at different camp levels depending on the experience of the camper.
- We encourage our second and third year campers to register for the afternoon session. Sailing in the stronger afternoon winds can be challenging.
- We encourage first year campers or campers who need to build more confidence to register for the morning session.
Why Choose the Optimist, by Steve Sherman, McLaughlin Boatworks.
June 1-5 | 9 am – 12 pm
June 1-5 | 2 pm – 5 pm
June 8-12 | 9 am – 12 pm
June 8-12 | 2 pm – 5 pm
June 15-19 | 9 am – 12 pm
June 15-19 | 2 pm – 5 pm
June 22-26 | 9 am – 12 pm
June 22-26 | 2 pm – 5 pm
June 29 -July 3 | 9 am – 12 pm
June 29 -July 3 | 2 pm – 5 pm
July 6-10 | 9 am – 12 pm
July 6-10 | 2 pm – 5 pm
July 13-17 | 9 am – 12 pm
July 13-17 | 2 pm – 5 pm
July 20-24 | 9 am – 12 pm
July 20-24 | 2 pm – 5 pm
July 27-31 | 9 am – 12 pm
July 27-31 | 2 pm – 5 pm
August 3-7 | 9 am – 12 pm
August 3-7 | 2 pm – 5 pm
What Types Of Boats Will Be Used In The Program?
Our young sailors will learn how to sail Optimist Prams. The Optimist Pram is “quite simply the boat in which the young people of the world learn to sail”. To learn more visit: The International Optimist Dinghy Association .
In 1947 Clark Mills, a well-known boat designer in Florida, was asked by the Optimist Club of Clearwater, Florida to design a small, extremely stable sailboat—one that would be easy to construct and safe for teaching young people between the ages of 8 and 15 to sail. The resulting boat, known as the Optimist Pram, proved to be ideal for young sailors.
The SC Youth Sailing Program has a fleet of 12 wooden Optimist Prams built by volunteers.
Why Is The Optimist Pram Ideal For Kids?
- The Optimist Pram was designed especially for kids under 16 years of age. The simplicity of it’s design makes it an ideal sailing school boat.
- The Optimist is safe and stable. Kids like the the Opti because they feel like it won’t tip over.
- The Optimist is easy to handle by one sailor. Single-handed is the best way to learn how to sail. Think about it. You didn’t learn how to ride a bike on a tandem.
- The Optimist is safe and simple enough for an 8-year old, and exciting and technically challenging enough for a 15-year old.
- Over 85% of the sailing medal winners in the last Olympics were former Optimist sailors.
- The Optimist is the only dinghy recognized by the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) exclusively for kids under 16.
- The Optimist is the largest and fastest growing dinghy class in the world – over 350,000 kids in more than 110 countries sail Optis.
- Read this excellent article: “Why Choose the Optimist”, by Steve Sherman of McLaughlin Boatworks.
Bill Schanen, Editor SAILING Magazine .
What Will Campers Learn?
The 2015 SC Youth Sailing Camp will be fun while focusing on safety and learning the following skills:
- Preparing to Sail
- Sailing Terms
- Knot tying
- Determining wind direction
- Points of sail
- Getting underway
- Starting and Stopping
- Tacking and Jibing
- Rules of the road
Intermediates will learn:
- Advance sail trim
- Boat trim and balance
- Race tactics
- Advance sailing maneuvers